Shopping with Toddlers

October 13, 2016

First of all I would like to introduce myself. My name is Anastasia Paris.  I am qualified with a Diploma in children’s services and have recently taken up the role of Room Leader with the Toddlers.

Over the past few weeks, through our observations and deep listening, it was becoming more and more apparent that the children shared an interest in going shopping. The communal element of the group was forming as a number of children moved up to the Little Kinder room and a number of new children joined the group. Children showed a great sense of resilience and strength in dealing with these changes in their environment including my presence with them in the room.

As children were developing their social skills last terms through their care and empathy for babies, they started to reflect the same behaviour with this concept of shopping. They felt a need to work together and interact with each other and sought out opportunities in the kitchen area to interact and collaborate in their play experiences. When children were asked them what they were buying? They named a few vegetables and fruit like carrots and bananas. To support and encourage their communication and social skills we developed our kitchen area into a green grocers and cafe shop.

Through their interactions and developing communication skills, children are learning the basics of numeracy as they count how many fruits and veggies to buy and how much it will cost.

During this term we will be developing our understanding of sustainability and caring for our environment by collecting food scraps and planting using the roots of the vegetables.

Our goals over this period will be:

  • To increase children’s independence skills.
  • Support the language development of children though effective communication.
  • Guide children’s behaviour in a developmentally appropriate way.
  • Provide a variety of developmentally appropriate activities/experiences, based on the Early Years Learning Framework.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour, attitudes and skills.
  • Promote and provide a safe environment.

We have installed a daily routines board that will have information about your child’s day such as: meals, and sleep.

Reminder to parents and guardians: Please cut your children’s fingernails. Label all of your child’s belongings. Please provide sensitive sunscreen if your child’s needs it and make sure your child’s has a wide brim hat with them at all times while they are at Grace Street.


Thank you,

Anastasia & Tadela

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